A cornucopia of crafts at The Ropewalk’s Christmas Art Market

By janetuplin |

Forty five artists will be lining the corridors of Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk in early December for the traditional two day Christmas Art Market.

A mix of artists who have studios at the Maltkiln Road venue, those who took part in the Insight OIpen Studios weekends and others who have been selected will be selling hand-made gifts and crafts that are ideal for Christmas presents on December 2 and 3.

Organiser Janine Knight said this year saw the most number of artists who were supporting the event.

“Because some of our studio artists are taking part this year we are extending the event to include the “Textile Corridor” that includes Jane White Couture Tuition and Lucy Valentine home interiors,” she said.

“The good news for the Art Market supporters is that there will be more room to browse the stalls along the corridor starting from the Artspace,” she went on.

Among the studio artists taking part is Barton based Keith Woodcock who this summer painted a series of Barton buildings in the style of 1950s holiday posters that have been used by North Lincolnshire Council for signage on the approaches to the town as well as Barton merchandise that includes tote bags and tea towels.

Another studio artist who is supporting the Art Market is Michael Scrimshaw whose sculpture, the Bigger Man won the first prize in the 2017 Ferens Art Galery Open Exhibition.

Insight artists are also well represented and those taking part include Winterton jewellers Alistair Scargall and Gail Phillips, Scunthorpe’s Ireme McGrath and Grimsby’s Heather and Mike Pickwell.

Others coming from further afield include printmaker Charlie Downs who will be selling print paper, Ian Riggall and his hand-carved utensils, silversmith and jeweller Jacqueline Warrington and artist Annie Thwaytes.

The first day of the Art Market coincides with the opening of The Ropewalk’s two Christmas exhibitions.  In Gallery One will be Christmas Crafts while The Ropewalk’s studio artists will be taking over Artspace with their annual Studio Artists Show.

Admission to both the market and the exhibitions is free.

 

 

 

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